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Why you should love your smartphone more!

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A look at how we can work toward more sustainable phones.

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Why you should love your smartphone more!

  1. 1. Why You Should Love Your Smartphone More! Dr. R. Redekopp University of Manitoba follow along at : https://bit.ly/2GsdeU6
  2. 2. "You can't have the benefits of globalization without some of the responsibilities." Bono. "Bono in Conversation with Michka Assayas." Riverhead Books. 2005.
  3. 3. Global Digital Citizenship How do our devices affect others around the globe? Some Questions: ● How do we convince designers to make devices less disposable and more upgradable? ● How do we show respect for the miners who deliver the raw materials for our devices? ● What conditions should the factory workers live in? ● How much do we let media and corporations decide how long it is before we have to replace our devices? ● How much energy does a Google, Bing, or Yahoo search really take? ● What is the carbon footprint of a search? ● How do we ensure that our devices get recycled properly when the time comes?
  4. 4. No Guilt! Our students are generally concerned, caring, capable people and they will be the ones to lead campaigns that show respect within their online communities and out to the world beyond. We need to be aware and make them aware. We need to help them to find ways to take positive actionsso we will look at some project ideas along the way.
  5. 5. Factors to consider: Design Materials Manufacturing/Shipping Energy Use Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  6. 6. Design
  7. 7. Upgradable Phones? There are companies working to build modular phones - with parts that swap in and out so you can fix and upgrade your phone and add new features as they emerge. Ex. Fairphone The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone for people who value sustainability. It’s made to last for five years, it's easily repairable, and it's modular. It's body features easily replaceable components. (video 2:00) Phoneblocks was another option, cancelled in 2016 Article: It’s hard to buy an ethical smartphone IFixIt - scores repairability
  8. 8. Materials
  9. 9. Tantalum - ‘blood’ minerals for our phones? Google to see where else tantalum is mined - you might be surprised. Why don’t we use these sources? If you want a more nuanced report watch the Al-Jazeera video on this topic. Watch a TED talk by Bandi Mbubi
  10. 10. Manufacturing and Shipping
  11. 11. Working Conditions in China An SNL satire about 1st world complaints and Chinese factory working conditions.
  12. 12. Energy Use: What is the ‘Cloud?’
  13. 13. “The Cloud” is concrete and steel. Buildings with thousands of computers linked together. They draw enormous amount of energy, create enormous amounts of heat and need to be kept cool. So how much energy does a Google search use? Your guess???
  14. 14. Google Searches Each search is not a huge amount but wow does it add up!!! Lights a 60W bulb for 17 sec!!! Infographic about Google and energy. How much is a search? How many homes could be heated by Google’s energy use? What’s surprising? Google and renewable energy Microsoft’s response Amazon seems to be lagging
  15. 15. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  16. 16. Who decides when we get a new device? This all a part of the design problem and short term contracts. When the contract expires? When the battery fades because it can't be replaced? When a part is damaged and can't be replaced? Much of this goes back to Design!
  17. 17. Do you have that box or drawer? What to do, what to do? Phones MP3 players Cameras Gaming devices Computers
  18. 18. Recycling Where does our waste sometimes end up? China and Ghana?
  19. 19. Recycling in Manitoba Staples Best Buy Phone kiosks Manitoba e-Waste http://greenmanitoba.ca/your-nearest-depot/ http://recyclemyelectronics.ca/mb/ Electronic Waste. City of Winnipeg, 2017, http://www.winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/garbage/electronics.stm.
  20. 20. So what?
  21. 21. No guilt - take action Think of one age appropriate lesson or activity that you could do with students in your class. Choose one topic and work with that. Create a brief ‘no-guilt, take action’ response or lesson idea using one of: ● Sutori, Glogster, etc ● Educreations, Lensoo Create, Doceri, or another whiteboard app ● Goanimate, Powtoon, Moovly, etc ● Book Creator, Little Bird Tales, or other book creator ● Infographic - some options Everyone can do something and there are lots of actions that are available to kids of all ages. Some examples of projects schools and classrooms can do at all age levels.
  22. 22. Thanks! For more info and resources go to goodertech.pbworks.com

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